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My Favorite Places to Eat and Drink in Rome

Da Danilo’s spaghetti alla carbonara.

UPDATE: GET MY UPDATED RECCOS IN MOBILE FORM IN THE APP STORE! Every now and again, I like to update the list of my favorite places to eat and drink in Rome. I try to go out as much as possible so my endorsements are current and based on recent experiences. All of the spots listed below have been checked out in the past three months. Enjoy the new round up!

Cucina Romana
Da Danilo (Via Petrarca 13)
Flavio al Velavevodetto (Via dei Monte Testaccio 97)
L’Arcangelo (Via Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli 59)

Pizza & Fritti
Da Remo (Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 44)
La Gatta Mangiona (Via Federico Ozanam 30)
Sforno (Via Statilio Ottato 110/116)

Lasagna pizza at La Gatta Mangiona.

Pizza by the Slice
00100 (Via Giovanni Branca 88)
Forno Campo de’ Fiori (Campo de’ Fiori 22)
Marco Roscioli (Via Chiavari 34)
Pietro Roscioli (Via Buonarotti 48)
Pizzarium (Via Meloria 43)

Barrili 66 (Via Barrili 66)
Nonna Betta (Via del Portico d’Ottavia 16)

Fine Dining or Expensive
All’Oro (Via Eleonora Duse 1E)
Antico Arco (Piazzale Aurelio 7)
Glass (Vicolo del Cinque 58)
Il Pagliaccio (Via dei Banchi Vecchi 130)
Roscioli (Via dei Giubbonari 21)

Al Ceppo – Le Marche (Via Panama 2)
Cantina Cantarini – Le Marche (Piazza Sallustio 12)
Colline Emiliane – Emilia Romagna (Via degli Avignonesi 22)
L’Asino d’Oro – Umbria (Via del Boschetto 73)
Palatium – Lazio (Via Frattina 94)
Trattoria Monti – Le Marche (Via San Vito 13)

Maiale in agrodolce at Antico Arco.

Tempio di Iside (Via Pietro Verri 11)
Tuna (Via Veneto 11)

Babingtons – English Tea Room (Piazza di Spagna 23)
Enqutatash – Ethiopian (Viale della Stazione Prenestina 55)
Shawarma Station – Middle Eastern (Via Merulana 271)
Mesob – Ethiopian (Via Prenestina 118)

Wine Bars Serving Cold Food
Al Vino Al Vino (Via dei Serpenti 19)
Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi (Via Santa Maria del Pianto 9)
Il Goccetto (Via dei Banchi Vecchi 14)

Wine Bars Serving Hot Food
Cavour 313 (Via Cavour 313)
Cul De Sac (Piazza di Pasquino 73)
Enoteca Provincia Romana (Largo del Foro Traiano)
L’Angolo Divino (Via dei Balestrari 12)

Green tea and wild strawberry gelato at Claudio Torce’s Il Gelato.

Il Gelato di Claudio Torce (Via dell’Aeronautica 105; Viale Aventino 59)
Ciampini (Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 29)
Fatamorgana (Via di Lago di Lesina 9/11; Via G. Bettolo 7)
Gelateria dei Gracchi Via dei Gracchi 272; Viale Regina Margherita 212; Via Tuscolana 251)
Gelateria del Teatro (Via di San Simone 70)
Gelateria Corona (Largo Arenula 27)

Pastries & Sweets
Biscottificio Artigiano Innocenti (Via della Luce 21)
Cristalli di Zucchero (Via di San Teodoro 88 and Via di Val Tellina 114)
Il Boccione – Forno del Ghetto (Via Portico d’Ottavia 1)
La DolceRoma (Via Portico d’Ottavia 20b)
Mondi (Via Flaminia Vecchia 468)
Moriondo e Gariglio (Via Piè di Marmo 21)
Regoli (Via dello Statuto 23)
SAID (Via Tiburtina 135)
Sweety (Via Milano 48)

Food shopping
Tons of suggestions here.

Some Helpful Links

  • A Guide To Rome’s Boutique Pizzerias
  • Rome’s Best Pizza
  • In Rome, Really Local Food
  • High & Low Dining in Rome
  • A Gastronomic Pilgrimage Far From Rome’s Tourist Trail
  • The Inside Scoop on Rome’s Gelato
  • 2016-01-09T19:09:46+00:00 November 16th, 2010|Categories: Carbs, Culture, Fish, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, Offal, Restaurants, Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|36 Comments


    1. shayma November 17, 2010 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      great compilation! how about Passi? off your list? 🙁 x shayma

    2. Rosemary November 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      As always Katie, just reading your list makes me happy remember the wonderful food of Rome even if I can’t be there.

    3. Jenny November 18, 2010 at 1:34 am - Reply

      A related question… from foodies moving to Rome in July for a year-long sabbatical. Any recommendations for the best neighborhoods to live in with respect to gastronomic activities (markets, restaurants, etc.)?

    4. Sarah May November 18, 2010 at 11:02 am - Reply

      A list to print and put on the fridge!!

    5. Amanda Ruggeri November 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Katie! Took you up on your Gatta Mangiona suggestion the other day and loved it. Have to say I haven’t been bowled over by Da Remo, though… I’ve had some dry pizzas there! Am still on the hunt for the perfect thin-crust Roman pizza, in Rome. Not sure it even exists anymore!

    6. janie November 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      I can’t wait to return to Rome and eat my way through the city-thank you for all the great info you impart to us!

    7. BuzzInRome November 19, 2010 at 1:13 am - Reply

      Totally agree with
      -Regional. Colline Emiliane
      -Gelato. Gelateria via dei Gracchi
      most of the others, I don’t even know
      Rome is so big…

      For Jenny. I don’t think there is an an ideal neighbourhood in Rome for foodies. It might sound like a paradox but downtown is probably the area with the highest concentration of terrible restaurants, as it is full of tourist-traps. Furthermore, with the only exception of the small and pricey Campo de’Fiori’s market, downtown Rome is also the area with fewer everyday markets. Conclusion: go for a nice residential area!

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    9. Katie November 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      @shayma i like passi just fine, but i prefer the others. if i put every place i like this list would be very long and boring;)

      @Rosemary Grazie!!!

      @Jenny I agree with @BuzzinRome on the residential area bit. My dream neighborhood is actually Aventino, where you are in striking distance of the weekend Farmers Markets beside the Circus Maximus and in Testaccio, you are next to Testaccio, close to Porta Metronia/San Giovanni districts, a stone’s throw from Trastevere, and not far from Monteverde and its market, food shops and restaurants with public transport.

      @Sarah May fridge space? honored!

      @Amanda too bad about Da Remo! have you checked out Nuovo Mondo? Don’t give up hope!

      @janie prego! come back soon!

      @BuzzinRome any other places you would add to the list?

    10. Amanda Ruggeri November 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Yep, Nuovo Mondo’s my favorite — I’m also a fan of Formula Uno and Li Rioni. But still… I’ll just have to keep “researching”!

    11. Claudia November 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      I’m off to Italy in 2011. Must subscribe!

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    13. Dave P November 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you for posting this, my girlfriend and I went to Rome for about 72 hours this weekend and your suggestions were consistently great! Da Danilo really made for a great evening the first night since it was close to our hotel, and since we got a seat there even when other places started to close. Buon appetito!

    14. Carl December 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks again for the recommendation on Tuna and we truly loved L’Angolo Divino not just for the wine/food but the ambiance (and good company of course) – simply wonderful and added a special touch to our first visit to Rome!

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    16. Conor-Hidden Palette January 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Listen to this lady she knows what she is talking about, she gave me more good tips than any guide book I’ve ever read. Gelateria dei Gracchi, Cul de Sac, Roma Sparita (cacio e pepe) and Forno Campo de’ Fiori are all particularly good, Happy New Year!

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    18. David July 24, 2011 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      Hi! We are going to Rome in August and were wondering if you knew if Sforno would be open August 11, 2011. You can contact us via email

      • Katie July 24, 2011 at 9:06 pm - Reply

        maybe for part of the month and the owners just opened tonda which will definitley be open til aug 13 (dinner only). definitely worth a trip!

    19. RapT September 1, 2011 at 12:29 am - Reply

      Love reading all the great food and wine articles on Roma. Can you provide some good champagne recommendations, not prosecco to try while we are in Italy. Thanks

    20. Katie September 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      hey RapT if you are looking for an amazing champagne selection, check out Remigio. it is awesome http://www.remigio.eu/

    21. Tobyn November 30, 2011 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Hello! Can you please recommend a place open on a Sunday night? Looking for great food :o) Thank you!

    22. Gail December 14, 2011 at 12:36 am - Reply

      I am going to Rome for christmas and staying near the Spanish steps. Can you recommend any restaurants near there that aren’t touristy?

      • Katie December 14, 2011 at 8:10 am - Reply

        i love Palatium, Tuna, and the gelateria il gelato in piazza monte d’oro. but overall the other options in the neighborhood aren’t really great. have you seen these suggestions? http://www.parlafood.com/my-rome/

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    24. Diana May 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm - Reply

      Went to di Danilo tonight. Walked into an empty restaurant and were asked curtly by the hostess if we had a reservation. We told her no and she simply, “It’s full.” Yeah, can’t wait to try again, especially for the out of this world service.

    25. Katie May 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      @diana that sucks. service definitely favors locals, but walking in on a saturday night w/o a reservation at a popular trattoria like da danilo is out of the question. hope you found another place and had a great meal!

    26. Barbara Skinner July 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Any chance you’ll publish an updated list for 2012???

    27. Barbara July 20, 2012 at 2:39 am - Reply

      Thanks Katie, I did see the link but unfortunately I don’t have an ‘i’-anything!

    28. Katie July 20, 2012 at 1:55 am - Reply

      Barbara, there is an entire app devoted to my favorite places! you can download it here: http://www.romeforfoodies.com

    29. Katie July 20, 2012 at 2:57 am - Reply

      this is a sign that it is now time to get one:) …in the meantime try this http://guide.parlafood.com/

      and this http://www.parlafood.com/my-rome/

    30. gabriele October 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Have you tried this pastry in San Lorenzo? http://www.boccadidama.it/

    31. Ada November 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm - Reply

      Da provare, la Biscotteria Suljma, biscotti, torte e muffins salati biologici eccellenti!

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      Grest list, you should make a list of kiosks selling Greattavhecca and water melon slices on summer time and chestnuts.on winter.

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